Why do you go to your church?
When I ask people that question I get answers like:
"I love the preaching there."
"My friends go there."
"My kids love it there."
"I get alot out of it."
That's all well and good. But here is an answer that I rarely hear. "It's God's will for me to be there."
Have you ever prayed and asked God, "Is this the church for me and my family?" It doesn't matter what the kids thought, it doesn't matter if the worship was awesome or if the preaching was good. You know that you are in the right place and the right time doing the right thing for your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Now if you asked (or if you were to ask everyone in church) if they knew it was God's will for them to be there, they would probably answer, "yes". But I think that they jury is still out on that. Why? When times get tough and the church goes through a rough patch, what happens to most of these people. (POOF!! Their gone!)
I don't know how many congregations I have had to sit down with, who have suffered some kind of disaster whether natural, spiritual, fiscal or emotional, and thanked them for their faithfulness. But they still felt betrayed because 20 - 80 percent of their church just disappeared. They get the phone calls and emails from these people begging them to "leave that church". Hold on!! You mean the same church where you attended and said, "This is where God wants me!!" Hmmmmm.
Here are a few things that I want you to consider.
- Does the church believe EVERYTHING that you believe? It amazes me how many Pentecostal Christians don't attend Pentecostal churches. Really? You don't want your family to have the same experience you had? You don't want to be in a place where God can and will do it again in your life?
- Does the programs they offer your kids actually disciple them? I can't tell you how many times I have heard children and youth come and thank me because we teach them something. There is time for fun and activities, but what about the preaching and teaching of the Word of God that is relevant and timeless to their lives?
- Are you doing the right thing in the right place for the right reason? The greatest cause that there is - is the cause of Christ. I'm not saying that the church or one of its groups can't take up a good cause to support or be a part of. But does it build and encourage the Kingdom of God in someone's life?
One of the reasons why I love my church (yes I know I am the pastor) is that we are committed to helping people discover Jesus and placing Him first in their lives. The worship, the kids program, the youth program - well just everything we do has this one goal in mind. Jesus! Can you say that about your church - really?